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WHITES 88 Marqués de Cáceres 2012 Verdejo, Rueda, Spain ($9) Silky and aromatic with juicy style and fresh flavors; charming and easy-going. VINEYARD BRANDS 90 Kim Crawford 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($19) Juicy with bright peach, passionfruit and citrus; crisp, fresh, exuberant and long; lovely. CONSTELLATION WINES U.S. 92 Carrick Wines 2013 Bannockburn Riesling, Central Otago, New Zealand ($23) Pure and crisp with racy acidity and keen citrus fruit; tangy and nervy with lovely structure and freshness; another winner from this consistently top-notch producer. BOUTIQUE WINE COLLECTION 90 Coquerel Wines 2012 Terroir Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35) Silky and balanced, understated and elegant with racy fruit and good acid structure; lovely, with style and finesse. REDS 90 Bodegas Valdemar 2010 Inspiración, Rioja, Spain ($20) Dark and juicy with clean, smooth red fruit and good acid structure; long and bright, lush and balanced. 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano TERLATO WINES 90 Southern Right 2012 Pinotage, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa ($27) A Pinotage-specialist winery created by Hamilton Russell Vineyards; dark and lush with focused blackberry, spice and notes of earth; intense, fruity and tangy with a long finish. VINEYARD BRANDS 92 Peter Paul Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Gravenstein Highway, Russian River Valley ($34) Fresh and aromatic with silky, juicy cherry fruit; tangy, balanced and elegant with a graceful finish. 93 Tenuta di Arceno 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Strada al Sasso, Italy ($35) Smooth and juicy with suave plum, blackberry, vanilla oak and minerals; rich and deep with big flavors and lovely texture; ripe, balanced and vivid style; a great wine from this magnificent property. JACKSON FAMILY WINES In each issue, Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dias Blue selects a wide range of the best wines and spirits from among the more than 500 he samples over the course of a month. The reviews are subjective editorial evaluations, made without regard to advertising, and products are scored on a 100-point scale: 85-89: VERY GOOD 90-94: OUTSTANDING 95-100: CLASSIC Once products are selected for publication, producers and importers will be offered the option of having their review accompanied by an image (bottle photo or label art) for a nominal fee. There is no obligation to add an image, nor does the decision affect the review or score in any way. The "twisty" icon indicates wines sealed with a screwcap closure. For additional Blue Reviews, go to Prices are for 750 ml. bottles unless otherwise noted. Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS BLUE REVIEWS april 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  77 TP0414_072-101.indd 77 3/21/14 2:52 PM

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